Bird sitting in a treeBird Watching

Bird watching in Ouray County is an amazing experience. First and foremost, this is one of the best places in the world to see the elusive Black Swifts.  These rarely seen swifts have been called the “coolest birds” as they do not perch on branches. Instead they cling to vertical surfaces and nest very close to waterfalls. Normally this makes them very difficult to observe. But, here in Ouray, a five minute walk from the Victorian Inn to the Box Canyon Park puts you at eye level with the Colorado’s largest black swift colony as they nest on the walls opposite the path to the bottom of the Box canyon falls during the summer months generally from mid-May to mid-September.

Bird watching at its easiest.

Box Canyon has been named an important bird area by the National Audubon Society and the population is a protected species.

But these are not the only birds worth watching nor is it the only place to spot interesting birds. There are over 140 species for birders in Ouray County to observe. The river walk in Ridgway also is home to a large population of Eagles also which can easily be seen in the spring and fall. Sand hill cranes and Blue Herons also are readily visible

Head out to Billy Creek State Wildlife Area to see Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Virginia’s Warbler, and Spotted Towhee.

Or spend some time at the Ridgway State Park. The reservoir in the park is the largest body of water in Ouray County and as such it is the best place to look for migrating water birds. Birds rarely seen in western Colorado like the Pacific Loon and Glossy Ibis have been spotted. In other parts of the park, birds like the Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, and Black-throated Gray Warbler are readily seen.

More information on bird watching locations in Ouray can be found at Colorado County Birding.

So bring your binoculars and your camera and start bird watching in Ouray.

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